PSU pondering is pissing me off...

voxleo

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I'm about ready to snap. I need to get a PSU that is going to get along with my HD3850 now and preferably be able to take on an upper-mid range new build in a couple years time as well. I'd like it to be modular and quiet, but first above all it must be rock-solid reliable in terms of clean power and as much longevity as possible under daily use. I'll take anything in the 550-750watt range if it fits the bill - namely a Benjamin.

But I'm damn near ready to claw my eyes out trying to sort these buggers out. I read that the TTake Toughpowers were good, and theres a thermaltake toughpower 750 qfan on the bay, BUT of course there is always the one exception to thre rule that would otherwise make this easy and I read that some of the toughies are sub-par in the capacitor dept. Is this one of the sub -par variety?:

http://cgi.ebay.com/Thermaltake-Toughpower-750w-Toughpower-QFan-Modular_W0QQitemZ180481338377QQcmdZViewItemQQptZPCA_UPS?hash=item2a0586ac09

Also read that the cooler master silent pro's were good BUT these are listed for the 4xxx series cards, not the 38xx: 600w at the egg with a 5 yr warranty,
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817171036
but also on special at sundial micro for 63 bucks with a 1 year warranty ,
http://www.sundialmicro.com/Cooler-Master-silent-pro-Power-Supplies-rs600ambad3-600watt_1951_1516.html

Which is also true for this enermax:How can this one be certified on the non-eco but not on this one? This one only list the 4xxx series up.
http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-ENERMAX-Liberty-ELT620AWT-ECO-620W-ATX12V-Crossfire_W0QQitemZ280480392422QQcmdZViewItemQQptZPCA_UPS?hash=item414def24e6


Or theres this:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ENERMAX-INFINITI-720W-ATX12V-EPS12V-Modular-Active-PSU_W0QQitemZ190375373033QQcmdZViewItemQQptZPCA_UPS?hash=item2c5341a8e9

And though I like this, its not on the certified list:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=380130302955&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT


and read that xfx had at least one good model but don't know if this is it and xfx doesn't show up on certified PSU at all:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207002

of course theres a corsiar if I want to pay a little more
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139012



I've officially got a headache now. Any advice?


 
cooler master and TT is iffy on the best days but a good deal right now is the

Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371015

and the corsair tx650 almost as good as the hx650

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139005&cm_re=tx650-_-17-139-005-_-Product

the current best 650-750 psu is the seasonic X range

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=2010090058%2050001697%201409743843&name=80%20PLUS%20GOLD%20Certified

closely followed by the antec siganture 650

the xfx power supplies are made by seasonic so you can be sure they are quality units
 

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True dat- Not in love with the Coolermaster but it was a consideration (the silent pro and real power lines are supposedly the good)

but the reason I considered the TT ("tough" line only) is that its apparently the same oem manufacturer as the corsair - supposedly about the exact same product even...
 

You really cannot say that. Seasonic is going to build the xfx PSU's to xfx specs.

OCZ bought PC P&C. Right? That hasn't improved the quality of OCZ PSU's.

I'd buy the Corsair and stop fretting.
 

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CoolerMaster Silent Pro reviews are abundant and was nothing to sing especially prices so close to the corsairHX and now that the price has dropped the Seasonic X

The XFX did not recive the best reviews...as mentioned just cuz the builder is seasonic don't allways mean you get seasonic's best.

The Corsair line however is very well reviewed and the warrenty is 7 years i think :eek:

However as mentioned before i think the seasonic X may be quite the bang for the buck considering its 80+ gold and actually held to the rating in test.

http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/837/10 :bounce:

I would say that the corsair HX and the Seasonic X lines are most likely 2 of the best reviewed modular units on the market.
either one of these puppies goes a good sale i'm grabbin one

i'll point out i own neither of these products ( i have a pc power and cooling 750 w/ a wad of cables i dont need )

which is why i'm definately going modular on my next build this spring hence the intensive research...

hope that helps
 
I'll make it simple for you!

Corsair and Seasonic are the two brands that have a reputation for high quality power supplies that consistently earn high marks in technical reviews. They are reliable, stable, and come with a 5 year warranty. Some of the newer models come with a 7 year warranty.

Here are the two newest from Seasonic which earned 80+ gold certifications for energy efficiency:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=2010090058%2050001697%201409743843&name=80%20PLUS%20GOLD%20Certified

Here are the two newest from Corsair which earned 80+ Silver certifications for energy efficiency:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=2010090058%2050001459%201409743844&name=80%20PLUS%20SILVER%20Certified

Technical reviews of all 4 psu's were very favorable. They are all modular.

The problem with a lot of other brands is their inconsistant quality. A brand may have a few very good psu's, a few adequate psu's, and a a few psu's of questionable performance and value. When a person reads a favorable technical review for a particular model, the person might think all of the models a company offers are just as good. That is usually not the case.
 

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You know, it was in my head that would be the easiest thing to do,
but the clock was ticking on the TT toughie, and after frantically tearing up the net to find a reason NOT to buy it when all the other Toughpowers were supposed to be top notch I decided to take a chance that I might get it under budget.

Sniped it for about 97 shipped, which after taxes and shipping is at least 33 bucks ahead of the corsair rival at the egg.
Maybe my gut will have steered me better than when I picked up the coolmax v600 on the cheap at Fry's...(lol)

I guess If I read something that gives me pause I'll just roll it on ebay again. It can't suck that bad that I'll take a huge hit on the price even if it isn't on par with the other Toughpowers. I think for the price it was an okay risk, especially if its a good unit...